The Ambitious Animated Slate to Expect from DreamWorks Through 2016

By  · Published on September 11th, 2012

After Rise of the Guardians in November, DreamWorks Animation movies will no longer be distributed by Paramount. It’ll be the job of Fox, and it’s still a bit unclear what (if anything) that business switch will mean when it comes to style and quality. It might be a good faith agreement or it might be the kind of partnership where Fox has its fingers in several pies. One sign that it’ll be the latter option, or at the very least a sign of why Fox was so keen to partner up, is that DreamWorks’ slate for the next 3 years features a nice handful of sequels and spin-offs. Still, the bulk of the list is original concepts. That’s commendable.

Even more on the optimistic side, there are some really great bright spots amongst the list, and . Here are the dozen films that DreamWorks Animation has promised fans through 2016.

It goes without saying that this is a massive undertaking to publicly announce, but the projects furthest out on the timeline are also the safest. It’s nice to see they’ll still get life out of the Madagascar series after doing a third entry, and it’s clear they’ve bought stock in training dragons and fighting pandas. However, 75% of this list is original, and a lot of the ideas are fantastic.

The list also represents a big question mark for the movie Alma, an adaptation of the short film from Rordigo Blaas about a little girl who sees a doll that looks just like her inside a sinister toy shop. Maybe there’s room for it in November 2016.

There are some clever ideas here, some that could yield the sort of all-ages humor that DreamWorks has been able to generate, so it looks like we might be in for some fun in upcoming years. What do you think? Which movie are you looking forward to the most? [Variety]

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